Alison Fitch

 

As a swimmer I represented New Zealand at two Olympic Games - Atlanta in 1996 and Athens in 2004. I also competed for New Zealand at five world championships over my 13 year international career. I am a Waikato girl and was based out of ACE Swimming Club for ten years prior to moving to the North Shore Swimming Club in Auckland to finish the final seven years of my competitive career.

I was ten time national 100m Freestyle Open champion and held the NZ Open record for this event and various others over the 50m, 100m and 200m distances for long periods of time throughout my career. I won a Commonwealth Games Swimming bronze medal in Melbourne in 2006. I was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2008 New Year’s honours list for my services to swimming.

I have had a lifelong involvement in the sport of swimming as an athlete, volunteer, official and coach and imagine that I will be wheeled away from pool deck in my twilight years.

 

I also have an active interest and involvement in the governance side of our sport. As a former athlete, I believe I can provide support and advice within our swimming community on athlete development pathways, from the early stage of participation through to the elite international stage, while keeping things enjoyable and fun throughout the process.

 

I have spent the previous four years managing the testing program for Drug Free Sport New Zealand for many of the country’s top prominent sports, ensuring strong drug free athletes and positive advocates and role models for New Zealand on the global stage. I have been involved in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic campaigns, working for the NZ Olympic Team with the main focus on building and maintaining high performance environments for our athletes and setting team culture to help support all our NZ athletes to achieve the outcomes they have worked so hard for.

 

Currently I am involved with the senior program at St Peter's and prior to that I was enjoying my coaching days in a fitful of laughs with the Junior Academy, learning as much from the young people in St Peter’s swimming community as I hope they learned from me.